Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date January 2, 2003
Contact Lieutenant John Wallace
Phone (909) 826-5836
Fax (909) 826-5699


Officer Involved Shooting

Riverside, Ca-  On December 31, 2002 at 7:17 p.m. officers from the Riverside Police Department responded to the 2700 block of Aries Street in reference to an assault in progress. The victim of the assault was contacted and she stated that the suspect was still inside the residence with two young children. The children were ages 2 and 4 years.

During the preliminary investigation officers were told that on past occasions the suspect has made statements that “he wanted to be killed by the police”. The suspect was identified as Michael Wetter 22 years old of Riverside.

Uniformed officers attempted to rescue the children from the residence when Wetter who was holding a knife to the child’s throat, confronted them. The officers ordered Wetter to drop the knife several times, but he refused. Wetter while holding the child, charged towards one of the uniformed holding the knife in an aggressive and threatening manner. Officer William Rodriguez fired his duty weapon at Wetter in an attempt to keep him from injuring an officer. A bullet struck Wetter causing a fatal injury.

Officer William Rodriguez has been a member of the Riverside Police Department since April of 2002; he was formally a Police Detective with the New York Police Department for twelve years.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detectives Ron Sanfillipo or Greg Rowe at (909) 320-8000.